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‘Once again,’ Colorado scene of horror

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Calling the shootings of 71 people in an Aurora movie theater “beyond reason,”  President Barack Obama urged people in Fort Myers,  Fla., to “keep the people of Aurora in your heart and minds.” “May the ...

Mesa County jobless rate crawls up to 9.4%; students cited for ‘predictable’ increase

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Mesa County’s unemployment rate rose in June to 9.4 percent, up from 9 percent in May but down from 10 percent in June 2011, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported. Colorado saw the statewide unemployment rate rise ...

City workers likely to see bump in pay soon

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction city workers may be pleasantly surprised to see a slight bump in their next paychecks. City councilors on Friday gave the nod to reinstate the remainder of the 3 percent of employee salaries that were cut in 2009. Councilors ...

Water initiatives may not make ballot

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Two initiatives that worried several Colorado water organizations might not make the November ballot. The proponents of initiatives 3 and 45, both aimed at rolling back current Colorado water law, told officials at the Colorado Secretary of ...

Bill would let states manage forest land

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A measure that would give states more authority to manage forest lands within their borders passed the House Resources subcommittee on national parks, forests and public lands. The Healthy Forest Management Act, H.R. 6089, by U.S. Rep. Scott ...


Friends mourning loss of ‘easygoing, fun guy to be with’

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There was the fun-loving John Brink: Beer in one hand, cigar in the other, lounging in a chair in blue swim trunks and sunglasses, celebrating his 50th birthday on a Mexican beach. That’s the persona those closest to him recall with a ...


Guilty in homeless man’s hatchet murder

By Paul Shockley

A man who killed another man with at least 48 blows from a hatchet during a fight at a Grand Junction transient camp last year will serve no more than 26 years in prison under a plea agreement. Daniel Scott Warner, 48, pleaded guilty Thursday ...


Take my face off billboard, TV evangelist demands

By Charles Ashby

Televangelist Pat Robertson wants his face off a Grand Junction billboard. And he got it. The backers of a ballot measure calling for regulating marijuana like alcohol were asked Thursday to remove his image from the advertisement ...

Brush Creek blaze grows; 2 others start

By Paul Shockley

The Brush Creek Fire near Douglas Pass had torched approximately 400 acres as containment stood at 30 percent, the Bureau of Land Management said Thursday night. This, as two new wildfires were reported burning Thursday in Rio Blanco ...

Hotchkiss woman offered Delta administrator job

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Robbie LeValley, a Hotchkiss resident who has worked in Delta county for 23 years, said she will announce next week whether she’ll accept an offer to become the county administrator. LeValley, area livestock and range extension agent ...

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